Owner Of Medical Supply Company Gets 5 Years For Medicare Fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The owner of a Southern California medical supply company has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for Medicare fraud in an unneeded electric wheelchair scam.

A Los Angeles federal judge sentenced 40-year-old Marlon Oslvaldo Palma late Tuesday for fraudulently collecting nearly $2 million from Medicare for $5,000 power wheelchairs and other unneeded medical equipment.

Palma, the co-owner of Santos Medical Supply, pleaded guilty a year ago to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Prosecutors say the South Los Angeles man bought Medicare patient information and bogus prescriptions from a medical clinic and patient recruiters. He then used that information to bill Medicare.

Five other defendants in the case have been convicted or pleaded guilty.

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  • Everyday Guy

    Deport him.


    Only 5 years for $2,000,000 scam?

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    Well, good for them..hahahah..joke! .Ahm, what I mean to say is, “it is really nice to hear that the justice works…”

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